The 20th Century: Collapse of European World Order

  • December 8, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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In the beginning of the 20th century the European Continent was at the height of its power and prestige on the world stage. Breakthroughs in Arts and Sciences, financial institutions and military technology placed European Nations ahead of the rest of the world. But as soon as prosperity was beginning to bare fruit and thrive, the European World was thrown into chaos and destruction. Rapid industrialization, population growth, political and social instability brought big (and not so big) European Nations to a confrontation, which ultimately resulted in a World War. The social and political collapse that followed, destroyed the old European Imperial System, created a vacuum, and ushered in a wave of radical ideologies that transformed not just European Continent, but the world as a whole.
The history of the Twentieth Century provides a vivid historical background to a contemporary/21st Century Europe that we all know today. Did the European societies finally succeed in establishing an eternal peace? Will they ever again inflict irreparable damage to their own society and culture in the name of a specific ideology, religion or ‘sacred mission’? Should they? Or will stability, rational thought, and diplomatic courtesy will take precedence? Lets discuss it.

Reading material:
There are lots of books and other printed/online resources on the subject. If you have suggestions please share them. 

I suggest "The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order" By Samuel P. Huntington.

Please keep them coming:-)

I'm moving pretty soon. The new meetup location will be provided (emailed to members as well) several days before the meet up date. The new location will only be a few miles from the old one. 

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  • Gary H

    It would be good to have more political and social history in addition to the military history. - Gary

    1 · December 9, 2013

    • Bronislav M.

      I see your point Gary. At the next meetup we will try to cover more of the political and social history.

      December 9, 2013

    • mary j.

      I agree, because it's the political and social history that is carried on and most affects our present day lives.

      December 9, 2013

  • Bronislav M.

    I would like to thank everyone who attended the Sunday discussion. It was wonderful to see old and new members. Happy Holidays!

    2 · December 9, 2013

    • Wendy

      Fun and interesting as always:-)

      1 · December 9, 2013

    • Bronislav M.

      Glad you could make it Mary

      December 9, 2013

  • Jim P.

    Excellent conversation - good people - interesting subject matter

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • Bronislav M.

    Hello Everyone, Welcome all the new members. Thank you for joining our group! This is just a reminder that our next meetup will take place this Sunday, December 8th at 3:00 PM. The new address is at 5350 White Oak Ave Apt 108 Encino Ca 91316. I don't have the phone land line hooked up yet, so you guys won't be able to use the intercom. But not to worry, when you get to the location please call or text my cell phone[masked] and I will let you in. There should be street parking. Looking forward to our upcoming discussion. If you have any questions please send me an email or drop me a text. Thank you and happy holidays

    1 · December 5, 2013

  • Shelley H.

    Hi
    Where do you park for your new place?

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Karen

    There were quite a few people outside you apt. yesterday that also didn't get the date change

    November 18, 2013

    • Jeff and L.

      And you don't have to check your E-mails. That's why we have the event site where the info is displayed. The confusion happened since the event site wasn't updated.

      November 20, 2013

    • Bronislav M.

      Actually, the first thing I did was to change the event date on the site, then emailed all the members about the date change. Might have been a glitch. Don't know.

      1 · November 20, 2013

  • Bronislav M.

    posted

    November 18, 2013

  • Jeff and L.

    Are you going to post your apt. #?

    November 17, 2013

  • Bronislav M.

    Hope you can make it Wendy:-)

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Wendy

    lol! That's funny! I know about the new date and will be there unless I am buried under a pile of my students' papers:-)

    November 17, 2013

  • Bronislav M.

    It came to my attention that there was a mix up with a meetup date. I posted the new date weeks ago. I also emailed all the members about the date change. There must have been some kind of glitch in the system:-) the new date is Sunday December 8th at 3 pm. I will email another reminder about the meetup a week ahead

    November 17, 2013

  • Jeff and L.

    Bronislav, we are down at your entrance door, can't get in. What's your appt. #?

    November 17, 2013

  • Gary H

    Hi Branislav,
    I see the map: 5350 White Oak Ave
    Encino, CA 91316
    And the red pointer puts it at Margate Street.
    If this is a townhouse - apartment house complex is the entrance off of Margate Street?
    Is there an apartment number or other information to get access? - Thanks,
    Gary PS. Now you are even further out in the valley. I hope you've had a job transfer closer to your new address?

    November 16, 2013

  • Bronislav M.

    No. Not a problem at all. Studying is not a requirement for this group. Some folks just come to listen. I do encourage participation. General knowledge of European history is a plus.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • C B.

    I won't have a chance to study up for this. Hope it won't be a problem!

    November 16, 2013

  • Wendy

    I am planning a trip to India and that is the day of departure. BUT if it doesn't work out! I will definitely be there!

    1 · October 25, 2013

  • Bronislav M.

    Thanks Tracy. The Guns of August is a classic. Excellent book. Great suggestion

    2 · October 24, 2013

  • Bronislav M.

    Thanks Jim hope to see you on December 8th

    October 24, 2013

  • Jim P.

    THE PROUD TOWER is a great book, as is everything I've read by Tuchman.

    October 24, 2013

  • Bronislav M.

    Great suggestions Tracy. Thank you

    1 · October 12, 2013

  • Tracy

    I hope to attend. This is one of my favorite periods in European history. Has anyone read "The Proud Tower" by Barbara Tuchman? I've been wanting to read it for a long time, and this looks like the perfect opportunity. Also she wrote "The Guns of August", about WWI.

    http://www.amazon.com/Proud-Tower-Portrait-Before-1890-1914/dp/0345405013/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381462266&sr=1-3&keywords=barbara+tuchman

    http://www.amazon.com/Guns-August-Pulitzer-Prize-Winning-Outbreak/dp/0345476093/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381462492&sr=1-1&keywords=barbara+tuchman+guns+of+august

    I also recommend "To End All Wars" by Adam Hochschild, about those in Britain who were opposed to 'The Great War'.

    http://www.amazon.com/End-All-Wars-Rebellion-1914-1918/dp/0547750315/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381462606&sr=1-1&keywords=adam+hochschild+to+end+all+wars

    October 10, 2013

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